Storm Trooper

Due to the last lasting wintry weather conditions in the mountains I have decided to go for a hike earlier today… Oh boy the wind…. I have already experienced strong wind in the mountain before, so strong that was sweeping me from my feet and today it was not far from repeating the experience but thoughtfully I abandoned the idea of going to the Djouce Mnt. Definitely not worth the struggle at all. What positive has happened though I got an idea for my next photo πŸ™‚ Β  Now it seems in was worth to go out πŸ™‚

For this shoot I used one flash light with 1m octa soft box with all the liner I could use to diffuse the light. Also used a white fabric bounce the light and reduce the shadow a bit. Also my Nikon D800 on tripod and remote trigger. 85mm F1.4 lens at f2.8 ISO 200 1/100sec and photoshop of course πŸ™‚

 

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Guardians – The Escape

It would be a year next month since I have created last episode of The Guardians series. I had no new ideas for a very long time. As the whole series is being fueled by life events from the past it seemed I had got to the point I had no more stories to base the next one. Until the sad event that happened last summer… I realized then that all the Guardians were inspired by a very sad and sometimes even traumatic events from the past and it had appeared I got to the point (luckily) that I couldn’t get inspired anymore. Well I take it now as a good point in my life πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, only last summer after these a very emotional event I then almost automatically came up with this one and only waited for the right moment to execute it. Yesterday while driving I saw the hills engulfed with heavy clouds, I knew right away where I need to go how to take it to my advantage. Despite freezing cold and rain and whatever else was falling from the sky there I managed this piece…

For this photo I used a tripod, remote trigger for my camera, 14 – 24mm F2.8 lens at 18mm, f8 ISO 400, and a plastic bag keeping my camera dry πŸ™‚

Almost lost it

Have you ever got those RAW files that you thought they are useless and wanted to delete them and then you gave them a go? Well this is what almost happened to this file. It was way underexposed and only good bit about it, it was the window light πŸ™‚ I thought I can see what can be done with it anyway and although the quality is way off it’s still good enough for B&W conversion and in my opinion it all came out well πŸ™‚

Not too sure how other brands perform in this situations and it’s been a second time when I got a photo like this from my Nikon D800Β  and managed to extract the juices from the RAW file. I am wondering now how would it be with an equipment more up to date… Technology definitely shifted since D800 was launched.

The setting in my camera for this photo Nikon D800Β  50mmF1.4 @f2.8 1/320 secΒ  ISO640

 

After

Before

Finding beauty

Another cold morning followed by rainy night. Yet another brave and motivated model to work in conditions like those we had last Thursday. I know that once I get in my zone I forget about anything else and I just want to shoot, however I needed to be aware that this wasn’t to happen as we had very limited time before Cheyenne was getting cold. I was trying as quickly as possible moving from one place to another and create as best as possible which was very challenging… The pressure was on for sure and I think I need to postpone shoots like this till spring arrives, although the mother nature will change the scenery and the details I like now will be gone. I have a very mixed thoughts on that now… Have anyone of you had a chance to shoot nude or model in such conditions? What are your thoughts… I usually compare present to what I had experienced myself in the past but that’s I think it’s a bit relative as we all perceive the same things in different ways, sometimes at least. Well these below are some of our results. Hope you will like it!

The gear I used during this shoot: Nikon D800, 50mm F1.4, 85mm F1.4

Model: Cheyenne

 

 

Short days

There is a time of the year which is not very favorable for my natural light photography as a day is very short and evenings long and the weather… Well on the other hand when I have a chance to shoot outside I have more flexibility as the sun doesn’t go up as during summer time and usually you could shoot outdoor through most of the day. That’s of course imply only on sunny days and luckily we don’t have too many of them in Ireland πŸ˜€Β  However, Im not gonna talk about the weather here. When I shoot indoors I usually use my window light which with a help of a piece of fabric can be nicely soften and create nice powdery light, due to short days I needed to find a substitution to it and got my first ever soft box, it’s portable and it can be collapsible and easy to store. The size of the softbox is similar to my window (not that a big window though) andΒ  I am trying to soften it as much as possible… Still will need to improve a few bits and pieces and for now I could manage to do this piece… Hopefully I will get the results I have been looking for and my Alina will be as helpful as she’s been so farΒ  ❀

For this photo I used my Nikon D800, 85mm F1.4 lens at f2 1/125 sec and ISO 200, the flash is set to the minimum power.

Sleeping Beauty

The time has finally come. It took me a while before I started to think about nude photos. I knew from the beginning that I don’t want it to look like most nudes we can see on the internet these days. However I felt it that it was definitely going to happen outdoors…  This summer Anna texted me that she’s interested in working with me and honestly I wasn’t too sure yet what I was going to do. Eventually we got in touch again after summer and finally last week we got a date… We went to Devil’s Glen and found this little spot with plenty of moss and old dead trees… That was it!  Fair play to the model for withstanding my request going through those bushes and wet grass ❀  Although it was a nice day the temperatures weren’t to friendly for getting nude, and not even single complain from model!!!

For this photoshoot I used my nikon D800 accompanied by 85mm F1.4 and  50mm F1.4 due to quite space to operate. The setting was between F2 – 2.8, ISO200 and 1/200 sec.

Big thanks to Anna Nikita for the whole time and making ideas to come true.   Check out her FB page and Instagram annanikita1

 

 

 

Happy Halloween

The same time every year we are allowed to put on some crazy outfit go out and nobody will say that you are mad πŸ™‚Β  Although where I come from we had not have Halloween. Pretty quickly I liked this custom and each year I’m looking forward to seeing those costumes πŸ˜€Β  in a search of new inspiration.

The other part of that day is that my Alina just loves Halloween and she talks about her costume for most of the year πŸ™‚Β  Even more fun for me. Anyway, hope you all have a great fun and in case some of you don’t celebrate this day I hope you still have an amazing day and your weekend was also full of fun. ❀